Pros and Cons of a Macrobiotic Diet Updated on October 19, 2019 By William Clement 35 Comments By William Clement 35 Comments Flower Bin October 10, 2018 This sounds like a possible diabetic solution, and I am wondering if the lack of fruit is a good thing. All I know, is that whole grain oats and blueberries pushed my post prandial blood suger to 285. So in an effort to bring that lower, I have switched to tofu scrambles as a low glycemic breakfast. But I certainly do not want scurvy. I heard the part about complications from fruit avoidance.Trying to nail down this beast of diabetes is so challenging! Reply Adi October 10, 2018 Randomised double-blind placebo controlled trial…. we're done here guys, the EVIDENCE is here Reply Otis Tyson Boris October 10, 2018 We need a video on flouride, The science is shocking and no one is talking about it. Reply Vinnette Pope October 10, 2018 Thanks 🙏 for sharing this wonderful teaching information video 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽🙏🙏🙏 Reply Andrea Amasio October 10, 2018 Mario Pianesi has been investigate by the italian police for be responsible of killing people with its diet. Also he's known to have spilled money and hook people on his "sept". I respect this kind of diet, but whole food plant based just kick the macrobiotic ass Reply Sharon's poetry Corner #Enjoy! October 10, 2018 Can someone PLEASE tell me if grass fed Ghee butter is REALLY healthy? Reply Shari T October 10, 2018 Great info… thanks for doing the research and posting! Gotta love a nutritional cliff-hanger! Reply Eelke Aptroot October 10, 2018 The macrobiotic diet is called one of the most dangerous diets by the AMA even dangerous to life itself? -Was this before the (raw) carnivore diet came about? -Or were they just worried they'd lose a large percentage of their business if people started eating plant-based? Reply Building Sailboats October 10, 2018 Thank you for reminding me all the time to stay on my whole food plant based diet. Reply Chuckleberryfinn October 10, 2018 The suspense is killing me. Reply BetterYouBetterWorld V October 10, 2018 theres b12 in plants afterall https://www.livekindly.co/researchers-make-breakthrough-discovery-plant-based-b12/ just need healthy soil it seems, phew, where was ya on that 1 doc.. u been slackin ay.. lol Reply Doug bananaboy October 10, 2018 Macro is unpalatable long term Reply Lloyd Christmas October 10, 2018 Thanks for the video. Reply Dianne J October 10, 2018 I followed a strict macrobiotic diet starting in 1999 for several years after being diagnosed with a stage 3 triple negative breast cancer tumor. Yes, I had a mastectomy and chemo, but since my survivial chances weren't as good as I would have liked, I thought the added effort wouldn't hurt. Gotta say that the strict diet is really tough but is actually not meant for long term. The medicinal diet I followed did not allow a lot of added salt and the amount of miso I used to make the soup resulted in something that came too close to warm water with kale floating in it for my taste, so I doubt I was consuming significantly more sodium than recommended. While on the strict macro diet I had frequent exams and bloodwork anyway from my oncologist because of the cancer. The only "problems" I experienced is that I was surprisingly healthy for someone who just had strong chemo (adriamycin/cytoxan). But I agree that a more varied macrobiotic diet would be more sustainable for the long term. It's really just a mostly WFPB diet with some recommendations for portion size and good lifestyle habits with a few additional privisos that have a philosophical rather than scientific basis. Reply Crystal White October 10, 2018 Am I the only one that loves his voice?! Reply Wahda Ali October 10, 2018 I studied nutrition and never heard of this diet… my school must be really behind Reply Feral Device October 10, 2018 You often say "next' at the end of your clips, but after a couple more are posted, new viewers have to rummage through your site or channel page to search for it. It would be helpful if one of your staff went back and linked them together. Reply Vegan Walk October 10, 2018 Is this what Chris Kresser was on when he "was" vegan? Reply heymisterderp October 10, 2018 The cons of the macrobiotic diet weren't called out in the video despite being shown briefly on a chart at 1:10. The three that stand out are Vitamin D, B12, and Calcium. The protein and some other Vitamin B's are low but at least close. Everything else looks to be in-line or at least showing no statistically significant difference. My take home question is: Are these low values low enough to present actual deficiencies in any of these nutrients? Reply Camilo Ortega October 10, 2018 Those are also my kind of p-values!! Those numbers from the ma-pi study correlate with my patients’ metabolic values. Thank you Dr. Greger for this. Reply Lance Evans October 10, 2018 Hello Doc,I am a new fan of yours this year, and have been devouring your videos. And I have been repeatedly surprised how similar what you teach is to what I learned studying Macrobiotics (Lucky me, I got to study with the Master, Michio Kush at the Kushi institute. Which after an over 50 year run, was shuttered a couple of years ago.)I studied there over 20 years ago, and have to tell you that the "scary" Macro diet that I frequently read about–well I never saw those recommendations. And most of those things are related to "Zen Macrobiotic", which you can assume has little to do with what Kushi was teaching over the past many decades.That said, I recall Michio saying to drink reasonable amounts of water, not the gallon or so that has been the popular health recommendation for years. He also recommended, like you do, that much of your daily fluid intake be tea. His institute would have green tea and twig and barley tea earns around the campus to drink any time of day.I have to say, when I was strict Macro for a few years, it was the healthiest time of my life! Reply Jason Clark October 10, 2018 Cuba, China, Ghana…all rather poor countries, or at least have large poorer populations. Social justice was a big issue for Georges Ohsawa, the founder of modern (Japan-based) Macrobiotics; I know since I read and reread his books since going on his diet back in 1970 (there weren't that many vegetarian-type choices, and this was before Nathan Pritikin came on the scene). Ohsawa said that if most people couldn't afford it, you shouldn't eat it–that if a nation of 10 million people produced 20 million apples, you should only eat two (this ignores the fact that some people don't like apples, and will eat zero). Yes, Ohsawa was a little bit strict, as also in his admonition not to drink more than a cup or so of water (I imagine that people made up for this somewhat by drinking more tea). It was all about Yin and Yang. Modern diets were too Yin, and so the remedy was a very Yang diet, high in sodium, and low in Yin things like sugars, alcohol, caffeine–and water. Of course the diet was so strict that people eventually went off it, and it certainly could be improved, but from the standpoint of economy it's hard to beat. It saw lots of poor college students through the late Sixties and Seventies, living on mainly brown rice and beans. Reply It's Wednesday, Screw Ironing October 11, 2018 My life is Y-axis shenanigans… Reply Osprey Flyer October 11, 2018 The Daily Dozen app has been so much help. Effective daily checklist and reminders. I use it every day. Reply God Emperor Meow October 11, 2018 Eat your damn fruits and vegetables. Reply Lift Vegan October 11, 2018 Macrobiotic = “dangerous”??? Hilarious! Far from dangerous compared to the SAD. awesome video as always 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Reply Andrew G October 11, 2018 "The power of pbd" Reply One Orange Suitcase October 12, 2018 Dr Greger, what do you think about Lierre Keith's book The Vegetarian Myth? It would be so helpful to hear your thoughts. I am trying to figure out what kind of whole foods diet is really going to keep me healthy. Lately, I have been eating little to no meat or dairy due to ethical concerns, at the same time I don't want to put my health at risk and I am not a nutritionist so when changing my diet I'd naturally like to know more. I will read Esselstyn, Barnard, Campbell and then I'll read Robb Wolf and Lierre Keith and countless Youtubers between sharing their real-life experiences and I'm left with a big ?. If you can shed some light on your perspective of Keith's book and thoughts on whether or not animal protein is beneficial it would be so appreciated. Thank you for your videos they have been instrumental towards eat more healthy and choosing foods that truly fuel me. Reply Emily BH October 15, 2018 Dirk Benedict from "Battlestar Galactica" got prostate cancer in his 30s and against the movie industries wishes took a break from acting and did the Macrobiotic Diet under Michio Kushi's guidance while living in a cabin in the woods and reversed/ got rid of the cancer back in the 1970s or so. His book about it is called CONFESSIONS OF A KAMIKAZEE COWBOY. After that he did a lot of speaking to groups about Macrobiotics. Reply Atheria PsychicGal October 25, 2018 I loved actor Dirk Benedict's autobiography about using macrobiotics to cure prostate cancer. He's very open about everything, including talking about poop. It's called "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy". Reply Gum Arabic USA October 27, 2018 Are you aware of how Prebiotics can make you a healthier person? Reply John Schaffner November 13, 2018 what about a triple woke placebo? Reply The Power Of Truth December 12, 2018 If macrobiotic is dangerous what about keto? Reply Garrick Saro February 27, 2019 Macrobiotics is not a diet. Macrobiotics is a philosophy. Reply Blair Birthisel June 26, 2019 I am a huge fan of yours Dr. Greger and I subscribe to your weekly videos and blog. I love the video on the recent study concerning Macrobiotics and Diabetes and the results using all the parameters you want in a study, show what Macrobiotic people have known for a long time. Macrobiotics can make people well for lots of conditions. While I consider you the authoritative source on lots of things concerning nutrition, I think your perspective on the macrobiotic diet is dated. What you say is accurate based on what use to be recommended for lots of people being introduced to Macrobiotics, but people, food choices and health conditions have changed dramatically in the last 30 years and much of the current Macrobiotics recommendations reflect those changes. The fluid recommendation you discuss is one of them. While macrobiotics is grounded in traditional diets from around the world, the choices open to healthy people have broadened, so depending on your conditions, the addition of fruits, wine, beer, a correct amount of salt and shoyu, the addition of fresh salads, nightshades , like tomatoes, and fish are all things that can be enjoyed if your health allows it…and even then, we aren't speaking about not allowing food we enjoy to be eliminated forever…just until we have healed. As to the questions below on calcium, vitamin D, and B 12, the short answer is there are no shortcomings and lots of studies have looked at the nutritional profile of this diet to confirm this fact. Please reach out to Denny Waxman in Philadelphia at the Strengthening Health Institute (I have no ties other than I am a student) and have a discussion about what Macrobiotics offers today. I think you will be surprised. By the way, Macrobiotics isn't helpful for just diabetes. People with heart disease, kidney problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, and many, many other health conditions have found relief in a Macrobiotic practice. Long before people discussed whole foods plant based diets…way before Forks over Knives, or Dr. Ornish proved you could reverse heart disease, George Ohsawa and Michio Kushi said that our health depended on what we ate and recommended whole grains, beans, leafy greens, root vegetables, miso soup, good quality salt, nuts and seeds, and some fruit. They stated that our health was directly related to our diets and this was over fifty years ago. Keep up the good work, I am a fan. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.